Christy & Adam {Pitt Meadows Wedding Photographer}

I loved this day, it was beautiful.  The wedding was at Swaneset Bay Resort in Pitt Meadows, this was my first time shooting there and it did not disappoint!   If you know Christy she has everything planned out, right to the minute and this is exactly what she had for her day.  As a photographer I love the accurate timeline and schedule.  I was really excited to explore this new venue for me and get amazing shots for this lovely couple.  I hope you love them as much as I do!!

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Christy had three sisters and they were all stunning in blue.
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Christy’s dad is an amazing part of her life and she wanted a first look with him….  she was hoping for tears and I think she got them… 😉
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What a perfect day in May to get MARRIED!!!
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I have photographed this little crew before… I had the honour of shooting Adam’s sisters wedding a couple years ago… I think we’ve added a couple more babies here…
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This might be my favourite drive way ever!
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Yes, what happened here is as funny as it looked… but I’m not telling what happened…  LOL
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Christy, its your light post!!
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Favourite shot of the day.
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Bow tie and duck feather boutonniere the Adam hunted…so unique.
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Stepped out for a few more photos…
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Such a special ring, it was Christy’s moms wedding ring.
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I love this father daughter dance… I think everyone was teared up.
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No one wasted time and got dancing….
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Jade & Lindsey {Chilliwack Wedding Photography}

This session was so fun and the view was incredible!!  I have been wanting to go to new locations, explore and find gems that is special for my couples and inspirational for me as well.  I’m in love with Chilliwack Lake, its so gorgeous and serene.  I really wanted to do a canoe shoot and so Lindsey and Jade were so kind to find one and haul it to the lake.  They truly made my canoe dreams come true.  ♥
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Blessed Beyond Measure {Abbotsford Mother’s Day Photographer}

I am so honoured to be able to share Feather’s story, she is such an inspiration and is amazing in her love for God and her two girls. We had chatted about doing photos and came up with this amazing slideshow telling her story from where she came from to where she is now.  Talking with her I have realized as a mother, how important photos are, and that getting these images with your children matter… looking back I wish I did more photos with my girls as babies and even now stepping in front of the camera more often, and not always being behind it.  I felt like I wanted to do that for Feather, get these images for her and for her girls to cherish for a lifetime.  Painting the pink in her hair was very significant as its next to the image of her girls painting her head when they were little.  She wanted the two side by side, showing where she came from and where she is now… she is strong, courageous and inspirational and I am so thankful to share this story.

Click  HERE to see the slideshow and hear her amazing story!
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In honour of Mother’s Day coming up, I am offering 50% off all the digital image collections for a shoot with moms and their children.   I will be donating the other 50% of the collections to CIBC Run For The Cure since April is cancer awareness month and my family has also been touched by cancer, so it sure hits close to home.  It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, we all deserve to have these images for years to come.  Please contact for further details.

The Loft Hair Salon will also be offering with the photo shoot a blowout and makeup application for $60 donating $5 to Crystal Gala Breast Health Clinic In Abbotsford  (Value $80) ….. so spoil yourself with having your hair and makeup done.

(604) 746-4303

Flower Crowns from Arrow and Lace Designs

Selling Items! {Abbotsford Photographer}

Hey Everyone!!! Here’s the link for my Facebook Destash page!

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Steve and Coralie {Abbotsford Wedding Photographer}

This wedding was incredible, an amazing way to start my 2015 year.  Coralie and Steve are two of the most genuine people I have ever met. Their faith in God, care for their friends and family, and love for each other really make them special.  Their engagement session was AMAZING!   These two smouldered in each other and their chemistry is undeniable so you could imagine their wedding was no different.  I had Shawn by my side, it’s so great to have a second shooter getting all those extra angles and emotions! I asked Coralie a couple of questions after the wedding, it’s neat to hear the couple look back on one of the most memorable days of their lives.

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Coralie is stunning, look at her amazing dress.
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This little purse was so special, it was made from her mothers wedding dress.
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I wanted to know what Coralie thought when she saw Steve for the first time….  “When I saw my husband-to-be for the first time, it was pretty surreal. I was trying to process the fact that we were about to get married. He looked SO handsome and I was SO glad to be beside him finally, holding his hand, as his wife-to-be on our wedding day.”
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I also wanted to know Steve’s first reaction… here’s what he said to his beautiful bride… “You look absolutely beautiful.”
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I love how C had her parents in a locket that she kept on her bouquet.  ♥
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This house was amazing! This room in particular was my fav…
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I’m so in love with this orchard….
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This is my favourite girls photos to date! How cute is C?

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Favourite photo of the day!
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LOVE!
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I turned around and they gave me this in 2 seconds… LOL
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Spring is SO gorgeous and these magnolia trees were the perfect end to our photos.  Aren’t they gorgeous all together!
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I asked her what her best detail was….   “My favourite detail was probably the tin cans I made. I’d antiqued pages from a physics textbook (for Stephen, the physics/math teacher), maps of places we’d both travelled to and want to travel to, and sheet music (for me, the singer and music lover) and then mod podged them onto soup and tomato cans that would hold pencils and flowers as part of the table centrepieces. I didn’t really realize how big of a project I was doing when I decided to do it but I’m very happy with how they turned out.”
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From C “My favourite part of the wedding was having almost all the people I love the most in one place.”
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From Coralie and Steve…  “We’re the most excited about not having to part ways anymore after we say good night and waking up beside each other the next morning.”
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Brothers are the best! {Abbotsford Family Photographer}

I have photographed these two a couple times and they had no problem giving the smiles again.  😀 I love how I get to photograph clients year after year, seeing them grow and change.  I feel so blessed to get to do what I love.
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Emilie & Keith {Mission Wedding Photographer}

Keith and Emilie are amazing!  😀 They had so much chemistry and seriously… they rocked it with this shoot.  I’m so excited for their June wedding!  Its going to be gorgeous!  😀 This might be one of my new favourite locations…. its so gorgeous…  and yes I will be keeping this one a secret… 😉
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London Turns One {Chilliwack Family Photographer}

This little sweetie is one!!!  😀 She was so cute with her momma and daddy all dressed up with a crown and a tutu.  I also noticed since our last photo shoot a certain stink eye that really made me laugh… I think you’ll notice it a couple times during the session.  😉
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This first stink eye of the shoot… 😉 Isn’t it the best???!!!!!
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Gorgeous hair Katie, this one’s for you Andrea…. 😉
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My fav of the whole day…. look at her pose.
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Soooooo yummy!! A Tracycakes cake!!!
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The famous cake smash!
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Rosie & Daryl {Chilliwack Wedding Photographer}

I love it when my clients take the lead and they know what they want!  These two chose an adventure to go on, with a farm tour, finding a hazelnut orchard, and heading up a mountain!  We got an amazing day in February, the sun was shining bright and they rocked it!  I’m so excited for their May wedding!  😀
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WPPI Why go?  And what I would do different….

Wow, what can I say…  I’ve been waiting 8 years to attend the Weddings and Portrait Photographers International convention in Las Vegas…. and I finally had the chance to experience it!  It was amazing! I had the privilege to travel with a close friend, Angela Baron, who has her own business and also wanted to go to WPPI.

 

I saw numerous speakers and teachers over my six days, and returned so motivated and  excited to put what I learned into my business. I want to highlight a couple of speakers that truly stood out to me, and if you attend WPPI next year you need to check them out. Please excuse my crappy iphone pics… 😉

 

If you are needing inspiration on the business side of photography… check out Katelyn James….  I thought I liked her work and her amazing talent, but hearing her passion and seeing her in person was inspiring.  She is truly genuine and I really believe she cared about helping my business and teaching us how to improve as photographers.

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Ryan Schembri and Rocco Ancora…. need I say more… they did things with light I didn’t know was possible.  So technical, yet doable… the images that were coming straight out of camera was crazy.  No photoshop necessary!!  They also had their fabulous wives there and seeing how they worked as a team was so cool.
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Photographing newborns is something you can never stop learning about.  From newborn safety to baby soothing, Kelly Brown had a lot to share, she is such a fabulous newborn photographer.  She’s also an amazingly sweet person and was so open about who she was and where she started.  She was so kind to go over so much, and to teach in such a down to earth manner.
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And last, but not least…. Zach and Jody Gray… These two were rockin… they showed us off camera flash and yes…. we actually got to shoot!!!   I find with workshops sometimes it’s hard to try out what is being taught. Both of them were so willing to help and answer any questions.  You have to take their class if you get a chance.  :)
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So why go???   To be inspired, to learn and of course to have fun!  I waited 8 years and it was well worth it.  😀 What would I do different???

 

3 things I would do different when going back to WPPI…

 

  1. Stay at the MGM!!!!   If you don’t know the MGM… its a CRAZY, huge hotel!!  We stayed right across the street and it took us at least half hour to get to classes.
  2. Pre plan meet ups… Ang and I wished we could have met more people and mingled more.
  3. Really look into your speakers and teachers, study them and make sure they are a good fit for you and what you want to learn.  😀

Ashley